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Posted by zeakster on January 20, 2010

US sending 4,000 more troops to Haiti
(AFP) – 3 hours ago 

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending more than 4,000 additional troops to quake-devastated Haiti, diverting them from scheduled deployments to Europe and the Middle East, officials said Wednesday.

Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the decision to divert the troops “based on continuing urgent needs in the Haiti relief effort,” a statement from the US Second Fleet said. They received the orders on Tuesday. 

The move to redeploy thousands of troops from the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit came as Haitians scrambled for food, water and medical care eight days after a devastating earthquake. 

The amphibious group left Norfolk, Virginia on Monday for its original deployment but was ordered to proceed to Haiti after taking on more marines in North Carolina. 

“The marines are in the final stages of embarking onboard the ships. They are expected to leave this evening or early tomorrow morning,” Second Marine Expeditionary Force spokesman Master Sergeant Keith Milks told AFP. 

If the ships go full speed, they would reach Haiti within 36 to 48 hours, although they will adopt the “most prudent” pace possible depending on weather and mechanical conditions, he added. 

The move takes the total number of US troops due to be helping out in Haiti in coming days above 15,000.

I guess when its not national security ie… afghanistan Obama can make fast decisions about troops.

 

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